The magnificent Blenheim Palace on Oxfordshire will get all lit up for the festive season

These festive trails are all set to light up the UK this coming Christmas time

Friday 26 July 2019

Creating illuminated Christmas trails for all the family

• Seven trails across the UK

• New Alice in the Palace experience at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

• Amazing light installations created by world-renowned design studios

• Two NEW trails for 2019

Despite the fact that Britain has been sweltering in record temperatures for the past few days, leading events promoter, Raymond Gubbay Limited (a division of Sony Music), is delighted to announce 2019 dates for the UK's biggest ever series of illuminated festive trails. 

With seven trails set to be unveiled at historic and iconic venues across the country, there's never been a better opportunity to experience these immersive outdoor Christmas events which have been designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy, the trails provide a unique way to celebrate the festive season with an unmissable outdoor experience. 

BLENHEIM PALACE – 22 NOVEMBER TO 5 JANUARY

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site will be transformed, both inside and out, as part of its biggest ever Christmas celebrations. With the enchanting new daytime Alice in the Palace experience taking over the Palace State Rooms and a bigger and even more ambitious Christmas light trail illuminating the 'Capability' Brown-landscaped parkland in the evening; visitors can expect an incredible festive experience that is rapidly becoming a must-see Christmas tradition – Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PPwww.blenheimpalace.com/christmas

BELTON HOUSE – 28 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER

Discover the stunning new Christmas light trail at Belton House in Lincolnshire amidst the natural glory of pleasure gardens and an ancient deer park. This perfect example of an English country-house estate will be transformed into a magical outdoor festive trail with the historic tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles – Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house 

STOURHEAD – 29 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER

The beautiful National Trust gardens at Stourhead, Wiltshire will be hosting its very own  magical illuminated Christmas Trail for the first time. Described as 'a living work of art', visitors to the world-famous landscaped gardens will be able to walk through a Tunnel of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights, beside twinkling hedgerows which lead towards thousands of illuminated lights on the Fibre Optic Lawn. Stourhead's magnificent lake, reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, will provide the centrepiece for this immersive Christmas experience – Stourhead, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW – 20 NOVEMBER  – 5 JANUARY

Now in its seventh year, Christmas at Kew returns with a brand-new trail to illuminate the magnificent Treetop Walkway and Temperate House.  With over one million lights, this winter trail will be more twinkling and sparkling than ever before.  A must-do event in the London festive calendar, visitors can expect festive bursts of colour as they explore Kew's iconic landscape – www.kew.org/christmas

DUNHAM MASSEY – 22 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER

Christmas at Dunham Massey returns to the historic National Trust property in Cheshire where visitors will be greeted by incredible illuminations, including a grand avenue replanted with gigantic flowers, a dynamic, glowing Vortex Tunnel and the mesmerising reflections made by Fire on Water. Spot the larger-than-life glittering deer, take in the Field of Light and discover the woodland world festooned with seasonal cheer. The picturesque courtyard will be filled with festive food outlets as well as a vintage carousel*. Visitors can wander beneath the night sky with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. – Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire. WA14 4SJwww.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey 

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, EDINBURGH – 22 NOVEMBER  – 29 DECEMBER

Now established as a firm family tradition, the new trail for 2019 will feature a Laser Garden where dancing lines of light playfully bounce across the branches, with larger-than-life icicles and neon spiral trees rising high into the night sky.  However, no Botanics trail would be complete without the Inverleith House Festive Finale where brightly coloured projections dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics – www.rbge.org.uk/christmas  

BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM & FOREST – 22 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER

This family-friendly festive trail in the heart of Kent features a dynamic Vortex Tunnel, dancing fountains and shimmering reflections that cast light into hidden places. From stunning trees awash with colour to glistening lakes and musical Christmas classics Christmas at Bedgebury is full of seasonal surprises. Visitors can toast marshmallows at one of the fire pits, enjoy traditional Victorian fairground rides*, and spy Father Christmas and his elves amongst the trees along the way – Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kentwww.christmasatbedgebury.co.uk    

◦ The Festive Trails are open on selected dates but for further information, pricing and booking please visit www.mychristmastrails.co.uk